Great Lakes Christian College

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Great Lakes Christian College, an institution of higher education affiliated with Christian churches/churches of christ, seeks to glorify God by preparing students to be servant-leaders in the church and world. To provide bible-oriented systematic training, resulting in a two or four year degree.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Great Lakes Christian College
6211 W Willow Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917


Phone: (517) 321-0242

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 386080947

CEO/President: Dr Frank Weller

Chairman: Dr Frank Weller

Board size: 17

Founder: Ralph R. Woodard

Ruling year: 1972

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


Great Lakes Christian College, an institution of higher education affiliated with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, seeks to glorify God by preparing students to be servant-leaders in the church and world.

Mission statement

Preparing students to be servant-leaders in the church and world.

Statement of faith

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating400 of 111038 of 129
Fund acquisition rating150 of 111122 of 129
Resource allocation rating1054 of 1111119 of 129
Asset utilization rating205 of 111019 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$602,870$148,091$177,373$206,470$193,173
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,132,496$1,613,674$1,866,095$1,729,491$1,775,858
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$758,841$592,699$613,408$647,569$663,261
Other long-term assets$1,237,577$729,200$846,800$964,400$1,082,000
Total long-term assets$1,996,418$1,321,899$1,460,208$1,611,969$1,745,261
Total assets$4,128,914$2,935,573$3,326,303$3,341,460$3,521,119
Payables and accrued expenses$61,432$64,892$37,352$44,496$51,171
Other current liabilities$310,000$320,000$330,000$340,000$350,000
Total current liabilities$371,432$384,892$367,352$384,496$401,171
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$581,837$68,071$67,149$103,597$94,036
Total long-term liabilities$2,078,258$1,087,695$1,047,377$989,316$606,876
Total liabilities$2,449,690$1,472,587$1,414,729$1,373,812$1,008,047
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$159,214($209,427)$226,370$415,721$943,622
With donor restrictions$1,520,010$1,672,413$1,685,204$1,551,927$1,569,450
Net assets$1,679,224$1,462,986$1,911,574$1,967,648$2,513,072
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,658,050$2,458,756$1,912,920$1,376,715$1,289,492
Program service revenue$1,721,121$1,209,721$1,221,912$1,147,214$1,430,558
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($149,319)$57,633$48,215$97,361$73,892
Other revenue$15,000$12,980$10,000$10,000$50,752
Total other revenue$1,586,802$1,280,334$1,280,127$1,254,575$1,555,202
Total revenue$4,244,852$3,739,090$3,193,047$2,631,290$2,844,694
Program services$2,834,300$2,873,900$2,244,743$2,186,149$2,344,448
Management and general$1,115,110$959,378$896,232$814,437$878,956
Total expenses$4,151,415$4,009,893$3,276,583$3,156,455$3,386,469
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$93,437($270,803)($83,536)($525,165)($541,775)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$93,437($270,803)($83,536)($525,165)($541,775)


Frank WellerPresident (began 06/2022)$45,796
Bryan TarrantDir. of Operations (began 09/2022)$14,343

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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Over a generation ago, men of God were deeply concerned with the lack of vitality and the shrinking numbers of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in Michigan. Their concern led to plans for founding Great Lakes Bible College, which came into being in 1949 at Rock Lake, near Vestaburg, Michigan. Twelve students were enrolled during the first year, and their classes convened in the log cabin of Ralph R. Woodard, who was to become the first President of the College.

In 1951, the young College purchased a nearby eighty-acre farm, which was converted into the first campus. Recognizing the advantages of an urban location, the Trustees decided to move the campus to the capital city, Lansing, in 1958. The College occupied the Dodge Mansion for fourteen years. In 1970, the College purchased a forty-acre site on the west edge of Lansing, and the first buildings were constructed for use in 1972. Additional land was added later, and facilities have been constructed as needed. In 1992, the College's name was changed to Great Lakes Christian College.

In 2002 accreditation was granted by The Higher Learning Commission and GLCC became a member of the North Central Association. Reaffirmation took place in 2007. The Doty Center, a multi-purpose gymnasium and event center, was built at the heart of the campus and was completed in 2008. The first phase of the Knowles Learning Center - Office Suites is also completed.

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